Got soy milk?
With an overabundance of milk alternatives sprouting up at every coffee shop and supermarket, it’s hard to know which variety to add to your cup of caffeine or bowl of cereal.
According to Fortune, soy milk sales have fallen 57% from their peak of $1.2 billion in 2008, but that might change now that a new study in the Journal of Food Science and Technology conducted at McGill University suggests it’s actually the most nutritious milk alternative—second only to cow’s milk.
Registered dietitian nutritionist Whitney English Tabaie tells Moneyish, “Soy milk gets a bad rap due to outdated and disproven claims about soy and various health conditions. What we now know, indisputably, is that soy is not only not harmful to human health, but likely beneficial for preventing and treating chronic diseases such as breast and prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.”
The study compares the nutritional values of the four most commonly consumed types of milk beverages, almond, coconut, rice and soy, with that of cow’s milk. The findings reveal that soy is not only rich in protein but also offers isoflavones, which are anti-carcinogenic phytochemicals.